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New Exercise Guidelines

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

March 15, 2005

Sixty to ninety minutes of exercise? Every day? That's what the government now suggests.

“I don't think it's possible especially for people that aren't on a strict exercise regimen commit to 60 to 90 minutes of cardio exercise,” said Berkley Gordon.

Even people working out at the gym said most folks won't consider that and some experts said 30 minutes a day is enough for most.

“Most people don't like to do cardio vascular to begin with so 60 to 90 minutes [is] pretty much unrealistic. What I recommend is 30 to 45 minutes at a higher intensity. That way you burn more calories and less chance of you burning your hard earned muscle,” said Mike Hickory, of Gold's Gym.

In fact, the maximum recommended time on a cardio machine at Gold's Gym is only 30 minutes.

Experts said over 60 percent of Americans are overweight. That's one reason why some people said sixty minutes of cardio workout isn't a stretch.

“I got down to 30 to 40 minute workouts and I put on weight, and then I went back to doing an hour to try to lose it and it just wasn't cutting it and then I upped it to an hour and a half and I can fit back into my clothes,” said Elizabeth Stull.

According to the government, people need 30 minutes of physical activity on most days to ward off chronic disease. To prevent unhealthy weight gain, people should spend 60 minutes on physical activity on most days. Up to 90 minutes a day is required for people who have lost weight and need the additional exercise to keep the weight off, since they may have a more demanding metabolism. However, experts warn to start out slow.

“You're going to have to start off slow and ease into it,'' said Hickory.


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